Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman delivers remarks on "The U.S. at the UN: Maximizing the Impact of Collective Action" at the Johns...
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This week, the President celebrated the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, awarded the Medal of Honor to two American heroes, detailed U.S. efforts to combat the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa...
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This morning, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent the following message to the White House email list.
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Last week, I met Brittany.
She's a hardworking student at West Georgia Technical College who is now just months away from being certified as a nursing assistant, but there was a point when she didn’t think she’d be here. In high school, Brittany became pregnant and her future suddenly became uncertain. Her high school counselor suggested she apply for the 12 for Life program, a local program that offers students who have fallen behind in high school the opportunity to attend class, work and get back on their feet.
As I talked with Brittany and her fellow students — many of whom were the first in their family to graduate high school — they spoke powerfully and tearfully of the program’s success, and how it had given them hope for the future.
Brittany’s inspiring story is just one of many I heard last week during the Department of Education’s annual back-to-school bus tour. This year’s tour took us to Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, and provided my team and me with the opportunity to see innovations in education and to discuss progress, promise, and results.
I wish I could see every innovative program — every initiative creating promise for our children — happening across the country, but even after visiting all 50 states and more than 350 schools during my time as Secretary, I can’t visit every school. So that’s where you come in.
We'll share some of your stories and suggestions on the White House blog.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on September 18, 2014. A transcript is available...
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We welcome the result of yesterday’s referendum on Scottish independence and congratulate the people of Scotland for their full and energetic exercise of democracy. Through debate, discussion, and passionate yet peaceful deliberations, they reminded the world of Scotland's enormous contributions to the UK and the world, and have spoken in favor of keeping Scotland within the United Kingdom. We have no closer ally than the United Kingdom, and we look forward to continuing our strong and special relationship with all the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as we address the challenges facing the world today.
The President and Vice President will host an event at the White House to launch the “It's On Us” campaign, a new public awareness and action campaign designed to prevent sexual assault...
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Today, the President announced an initiative to help put an end to campus sexual assault. It's called "It's On Us."
That's not just a slogan or catchphrase. It's the whole point. Because in a country where one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted -- only 12 percent of which are reported -- this is a problem that should be important to every single one of us, and it's on every single one of us to do something to end the problem.
As a husband, as a brother, and as a father of three boys and daughter who is a sophomore in college, it's on me to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and where survivors are supported.
It's on me to tell my kids to never blame the victim. To not be a bystander. It's on me to make sure they know that if they see something that looks wrong, they need to get involved -- to intervene any way they can, even if it means enlisting the help of a friend or resident advisor. It's on me to teach them to be direct, and to trust their gut.
That's why this is personal for me.
And it’s why I took a step this morning to show my commitment to doing my part. And whether you're a parent, a student, a survivor or a friend of one, there's something you can do right now to do the same.
Go to It'sOnUs.org, and take the pledge -- a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It's a promise that you won't be a bystander to the problem -- that you'll be a part of the solution. The President took the pledge this morning. I did, too -- along with dozens of other White House staffers. Do it right now.
Here's what you will be pledging:
To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Then, once you do, spread the word. Share your pledge on your social networks. Put it on your Facebook page. Tweet it to your followers.
Because in a world where victims of sexual assault feel as if they must live out a long and lonely fight, it's on all of us to let them know they're not fighting alone. It's on us to have their backs, and to tell them so.
It’sOnUs.org also will give you tips about how to identify, handle, and prevent campus sexual assault. You can watch the testimonies of others, and record a video sharing why this is personal for you. You can download the campaign organizing toolkit, and spread the word on your college campus, or on your kids' college campus, or on the college campus of someone you know.
The point is: There's something for all of us to do.
This campaign is one part of a broader effort by the President’s team to combat campus assault. Three years ago, our Administration sent guidance to every school district, college, and university that receives federal funding, clarifying their legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault. In January, the President created the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault -- a group tasked with working with schools on better ways to prevent and respond to assault. And moving forward, we're building up our enforcement efforts, and we're demanding greater transparency from schools and reviewing existing laws to make sure they're working.
And this new initiative will help move that work forward by creating a new energy and awareness around these issues on campuses across America.
This is a personal priority for the President, for the Vice President, and for every single one of us who serve this Administration every day -- as husbands and wives, as fathers and mothers, friends, and, most fundamentally, as Americans who know we can do better, and are willing to step up to create the environment we want to see.